Softball: THREES COMPANY
A trio of Greene County softball players have been rewarded for their efforts this spring.
All-state centerfielder Megan Carey was named to the Heart of Iowa all-conference first team while teammates Jenna Beyers and Izzy Bravard earned second team honors.
Carey led the Rams with a .406 batting average and 39 hits. The team-best average was tied for eighth in the Heart of Iowa Conference while her hit total was ninth in the league.
Carey was fourth in the HOIC with a team-high 32 runs scored while her 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts was tied for a league-high.
Bravard batted .365, collecting 31 hits while scoring 22 runs. The junior also struck out just four times in 85 at bats. Beyers batted .341 in her final season wearing the Ram red and black. The shortstop collected 28 hits to go with 18 RBI. She also produced nine doubles and scored 22 times, drawing a team-best 14 walks.
Greene County eighth-grader Emma Hoyle was the Rams’ clean-up hitter for most of the year and was their workhorse pitcher, earning herself an honorable mention. Freshman Carmyn Paup was also named an honorable mention as well.
North Polk’s Sydney Anderson led the conference with a .480 batting average, while Gilbert’s Nessa Johnson collected a league-best 61 hits. Anderson was tops in the league with 18 doubles and 36 RBI. She struck out just four times in 98 at bats, collecting a conference-leading eight home runs.
Greene County recovered from an 0-8 start to finish the year on a .500 tear, winding up with a 10-18 overall record.
The Rams were 5-9 in conference play, finishing in a tie for fifth with PCM. North Polk captured the regular season crown with a 12-2 record.
The Rams were knocked from the first round of postseason play last month in a 11-1 loss to West Marshall in State Center. Greene County mustered just four hits in the loss.
South Hamilton’s Taylor Volkmar compiled an HOIC-best 170 strikeouts and a league-low 1.42 ERA.